You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to
understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It’s a sixth sense
you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. At
its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost
any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human
beings. At its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary
conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams.
How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well
can you guess what others think of you, know who really likes you, or tell when
someone is lying? How well do you really understand the minds of those closest
to you, from your spouse to your kids to your best friends? Do you really know
what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or clients want?
In this illuminating exploration of one of the great
mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley
introduces us to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand
the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising
mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others,
treating them like objects or animals? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or
the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely
believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do
not? And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so
much better than we actually do? Mindwise
will not turn other people into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to
revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself. Download and start listening now!